Poetry: Cover to Cover
Instructor: Michayla Robertson-Pine
Tuesday 4:45-5:45pm, 6 weeks 12/1-1/5
–Have you ever thought about sewing a sentence with thread? Or collaging a poem into the map of New York City? Or recombining the words in a magazine to tell a different story? In Cover to Cover, we will experiment with the overlap between visual art and creative writing! Students will learn techniques for writing and revising their own poetry and will hand bind their very own artist’s books. Each class will focus on a different poetic form. These forms will include blackout poetry, found poetry, word collage, and more! We will then think as poets and artists as we design and construct our books. If you love to write or draw or paint or embroider or arrange your bananagrams letters into weird shapes, this is the place for you!
–Course Material Package to be picked up by student at Artspace before class begins
Creative Writing: Building Worlds and Creating Characters
Instructor: Emmalie Dropkin
Wednesday 4:30-5:45 pm, 8 weeks 11/4-1/6 (no class 11/25, 12/23)
–So much of the fun of writing comes from the creation of people and places who are familiar in some ways and fantastical in others. Any story, whether set in a school or on a far-away planet, must be rooted in the details of world building: what’s considered important in this place? Who gets to be in charge? What are the mountains like? Developing characters happens right alongside world building, because what a character pays attention to and what they say about it tells us about them as a person and how they relate to the world they’re in.
–In this class, we’ll spent our first several sessions talking about these craft elements of writing fiction and doing some writing activities together as we build a supportive writing community. Then we’ll move into a “workshop” format where each week 3 students will share pieces of their writing for the group to read, discuss, and offer feedback on. Between classes you’ll be writing on your own and reading each other’s work to prepare for class. Writers of all genres of fiction and all levels of writing experience are welcome!
–Computer, access to internet, some familiarity with google docs required.
You’ve Got Mail! Introduction to Artistamps and Mail Art
Instructor: Sofia Canale-Parole
Monday 3-4, 10 weeks, 11/2-1/4
–Students will be introduced to the history of mail art, a collaborative art form dating back to the 1960’s, and create their own mail art network. Media commonly used in mail art includes postcards, collages of found or recycled images and objects, rubber stamps, artist-created postal stamps (called artistamps), and paint, but can also include music, sound art, poetry, or anything else that can be put in an envelope and sent via post. This course will center around honing mixed media skills, practicing different forms of creative writing, and emphasize community building in a time of social isolation.
–Student Responsibility: $20-$30; required: notebook of choice, pencil or pen, gluestick, scissors, collage materials (NatGeo/old magazines), envelopes, clear packing tape, a book of stamps; optional: mixed media bits and bobs (glitter, beads, feathers, etc.), rubber stamps, paint, fun stickers.